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Academic Mission

Our Commitment To Our Academic Mission

Our program is dedicated to the goal of allowing you to succeed, whatever your career path may be. To that end, we have a highly structured academic program, with dedicated time, including weekly didactics that follow the Surgical Council on Resident Education (SCORE) curriculum. Our program has led to a history of high board passage rates, in both the Qualifying (written) and Certifying (oral) Examinations of the American Board of Surgery. In addition, we also have strong programs in both laparoscopic and robotic simulation.

Many of our residents choose to pursue research fellowships during the mid-portion of their time with us, working in either one of the laboratories affiliated with Tufts, or in one of the many other laboratories located in our sister institutions in the Boston area. Our surgical residents who are currently taking time off are working in laboratories affiliated with Brigham and Women’s Hospital as well as at the Massachusetts General Hospital. In addition to pursuing bench research, many of our residents have taken this time to obtain advanced degrees, particularly Masters in Public Health, both here at Tufts University School of Medicine and elsewhere in Boston.

Our residents have a proven track record of successful advanced fellowship placement in some of the most prestigious programs in the country. You will find many of our graduates serving as surgical attendings in many of the top academic programs across the United States. We certainly hope that if you do apply to our program, and match with us, that you would continue in that tradition.

Teaching

As the primary teaching hospital for the Tufts University School of Medicine (located adjacent to our hospital), our residents have ample opportunities to themselves become teachers, of medical students, physician assistant students, as well as nursing students. This is a role that we emphasize greatly in our program, and our residents often receive the highest rankings of any of the programs associated with the Tufts University School of Medicine. To aid in this effort, the school of medicine offers a wide variety of developmental programs to our residents. Once you interview here, you will see that Tufts Medical Center truly serves as an “academic village”. Resident and student education is the very heart of our mission.

student practicing with da Vinci machine

Simulation

At Tufts, we understand the importance of simulation in surgical education.  Our curriculum consists of a FLS and FES curriculum to fulfill board requirements as well as a simulation curriculum incorporated into our dedicated resident education time.  Residents will have hands on practice with state of the art equipment such as the da Vinci robotic system as well as attending led training labs for bowel and vascular anastomoses.

 

 

Jeffrey T. Cooper, MD
Program Director,
Department of Surgery
Tufts Medical Center